1st Edition

Biotechnological Advances in Horticultural Crops

    272 Pages 13 B/W Illustrations
    by CRC Press

    The field of Horticultural Biotechnology has witnessed remarkable growth in recent years, offering profound insights and innovations that are reshaping agriculture's future. "Biotechnological Advances in Horticultural Crops" serves as a comprehensive guide to the latest innovations and applications. This meticulously curated volume bridges the gap between fundamental knowledge and cutting-edge advancements. From plant tissue culture to genomic approaches, this book spans a diverse array of topics, catering to a broad audience of students, researchers, and academics.

    Key Features:

    • In-depth exploration of plant tissue culture and its applications in horticultural crop improvement.
    • Insightful coverage of transgenic approaches in fruit crops, including genetic modifications for enhancing fruit quality, yield, and resistance to pests and diseases.
    • Detailed examination of the application of omics sciences in tropical fruits, opening up new perspectives for crop improvement and sustainable production.
    • Extensive discussion on the potential of in vitro production techniques for underutilized and unconventional horticultural crops.
    • Exploration of sustainable agriculture practices, including the use of beneficial microbes and the scientific validation of natural and organic farming practices.

    This book is more than just a collection of topics; it’s a gateway to the transformative potential of biotechnology in horticulture. It empowers readers (students, researchers, and academicians) to comprehend and harness these advancements, promoting innovation and sustainability in horticultural crop improvement.

    Chapter 1- Plant tissue culture and its applications in horticultural crop improvement

    Nisha Khatik*

    Chapter 2- Advances in transgenic approaches in fruit and vegetable crops

    Surabhi Jasrotia, Ankila Salathia, Tashi Angmo, Sheikh Qurat, Safina Kosser, Hardik Pathak, Deepesh Kumar Neelam, Jebi Sudan and Rucku Gupta*

    Chapter 3- Omics sciences advances in tropical fruits and perspectives for crop improvement

    Heriberto García-Coronado, José Ángel Huerta-Ocampo, Damaristelma De Jesús Campos, Héctor Adán Ruiz-Ortega, Ángel Javier Ojeda-Contreras, José María Anaya-Dyck, Edmundo Dominguez-Rosas, Eduardo Antonio Trillo-Hernández, Martín E. Tiznado-Hernández and Miguel Ánge Hernández-Oñate,*

    Chapter 4- Prospects of association mapping for important traits in fruit crops

    Pooja, Madhurjit Singh Rathore, Paramjeet Sajwan, Lokesh Thakur, Jebi Sudan, Sajad Majeed Zargar, Deepak Sharma and Vishal S Rana*

    Chapter 5- Improving Floral Attributes in Ornamental Crops by Biotechnological Approaches

    Vipasha Verma, Mahinder Partap, Meenakshi Thakur, Shiv Rattan, Diksha Sharma, Deekshit HN, Anjali Chandel, Ujala, Priti and Bhavya Bhargava*

    Chapter 6- In vitro production of some underutilized and unconventional horticultural crops

    Sapna Tyagi* and Amit Sharma

    Chapter 7- Nanotechnology in Horticulture: Milestones and Advancements

    Shabnam Sircaik*

    Chapter 8- Prospects of microbial diversity in horticulture

     Amit Sharma* and Sapna Tyagi

    Chapter 9- Microbial consortium as biofertilizer and biocontrol agent for sustainable agriculture

    Monica Durairaj, Joseph Sahayarayan, Sivasakthivelan Panneerselvam, Kavitha Thangavel*

    Chapter 10- Scientific validation and techniques for understanding natural and organic farming perspective

    Shivanshu Garg, Pooja Nain*, Pankaj Kumar and Himanshu Punetha


    Dr. Ajay Kumar Thakur has recently joined as Principal Scietist (Biotechnology) at ICAR-Central Potato Research Institute, Shimla, HP consequent upon his transfer from ICAR-Directorate of Rapeseed-Mustard Research, Bharatpur, Rajasthan. He has obtained his graduation, PG and Doctoral degrees from Dr. Y.S. Parmar University of Horticulture & Forestry, Solan, H.P. He got induced into Agricultural Research Services (ARS) in 2008. He has published 72 research/review papers in various journals of International and National repute, authored one book ‘Agricultural Biotechnology at a Glance’, edited three books, contributed 8 book chapters and 23 popular articles. He has developed high efficiency plant regeneration and genetic transformation protocols in a number of crops including Populus ciliata, P. deltoides, Punica granatum, Capsicum annum and Cucumis sativus. Dr. Thakur is associated with Brassica juncea improvement programme using biotechnological interventions from last fourteen years. He has developed a core set of SSR markers for B. juncea genomics and has worked on germplasm characterization and association mapping of various agronomically important traits in this oilseed crop. He has also been granted one patent from Indian Patent Office, New Delhi and associated in the development of two high yielding Indian mustard varieties Giriraj & Brajraj, one gobhi sarson variety, AKMS-8141 and five disease resistant Indian mustard genetic stocks. Dr. Thakur has received many awards from various societies and scientific organizations for his scientific contribution. He is also an elected Member of Plant Tissue Culture Association of India (PTCAI) and selected Member of National Academy of Sciences-India (NASI), Allahabad.

    Dr. Pankaj Kumar currently serves as an Assistant Professor in Biotechnology at the Department of Biotechnology, Dr. Yashwant Singh Parmar University of Horticulture and Forestry in Solan, Himachal Pradesh, India. His academic journey includes post-doctoral studies at the National Institute of Plant Genome Research in New Delhi and the Council of Scientific & Industrial Research - Institute of Himalayan Bioresource Technology in Palampur, Himachal Pradesh. Dr. Kumar boasts 12 years of expertise in horticulture biotechnology, focusing on plant secondary metabolite enhancement through cell and tissue engineering approaches. His research encompasses the identification of molecular cues associated with enhanced metabolites using a comparative transcriptomics approach. Additionally, he possesses experience in hydro-aero cultivation of medicinal plants for industrial significance. During Doctoral Studies; he (research team) has generated technology at Dr. Yashwant Singh Parmar University of Horticulture & Forestry Nauni, Solan for developing insect pest-resistant transgenic plants in economically important vegetable crops of cauliflower cv. Pusa Snowball, cabbage cv. Pride of India and broccoli cv. Solan Green Head (with cryIAa gene) for insect pest resistance. His accolades include the DST INSPIRE JRF/SRF Fellowship, ICAR AICE-SRF (PGS), and ICAR ASRB National Eligibility Test (NET). Dr. Kumar has an extensive publication record with more than 60 research/review papers, 23 book chapters, and 4 books. He has also filed an Indian patent and registered four apple mutants with unique, early color and early maturity characteristics in the Indian National Germplasm Repository (INGR 20103, INGR 20104, INGR 20105 & INGR 20106). Recognized for his scientific contributions, Dr. Kumar has received numerous awards, including the Young Scientists Fellowship Award-2021 (ICMR, New Delhi), Scientist's Pool Scheme Award-2020 (CSIR, New Delhi), and the SERB-ACS-NPDF Best Poster Award-2022, etc.

    Dr. D K Srivastava has retired as Director Extension Education, prior to this he worked as Professor and Head in the Department of Biotechnology, Dr. Yashwant Singh Parmar University of Horticulture and Forestry, Solan, Himachal Pradesh, India. He did his post-doctoral studies in the field of Plant Molecular Biology at the Institute of Molecular Genetics, USSR Academy of Sciences, Moscow, USSR and at Washington University, St. Louis, USA. He has 32 years of research experience and 29 years of teaching experience in the field of Plant Biotechnology and Molecular Biology. He had guided 32 students of M.Sc. and 9 students of Ph.D. for their research work. He has published 110 research papers in the journals of national and international repute, 38 research articles and contributed 12 chapters in the edited books, and also authored a book on biotechnology. He has delivered 45 invited lectures and attended 47 national and international conferences. His main area of research includes Plant tissue culture, Genetic transformation and Molecular characterization of plants. He is life member of various National and International Academic bodies/societies. He has received many awards for his scientific contributions including ‘MS Swaminathan Award’ by the Society of Plant Research, Meerut, India.